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It may have taken several years for Eels frontman Mark Oliver Everett, a.k.a. E, to write and record Blinking Lights and Other Revelations, but the end result is no less than a masterpiece. At two discs and 33 tracks, its a veritable epic, but when your topic is no less than life itself, its good to have a bit of space to work in. This is a grown-up album about being a grown-up, and in the years it took to create, Everett has done a lot of growing up, and dealt with a lot of tragedy: his mother died of cancer, his sister committed suicide, and his cousin was on the plane that crashed into the Pentagon on 9/11. With all that, its almost a wonder that Blinking Lights doesnt lose itself totally to melancholy. Sure, theres an overarching sense of sadness to this album (culminating in the beautiful and painful "If You See Natalie"), but tracks like "Hey Man", "Trouble with Dreams" and "Going Fetal" (the latter featuring Tom Waits) all display a hopeful exuberance and contagious optimism. It may be a lot to take in over a single listen, but Blinking Lights and Other Revelations is well worth the effort. Its a remarkable achievement.

Album Description
The new Eels album, Blinking Lights and Other Revelations, is a two disc set about "God and all the questions related to the subject of God," says its creator, E. A homemade epic, it's an imaginative, emotional reflection on the condition of living, recorded mostly in Everett's Los Angeles basement over a period of several years. Sprawling over its two discs are songs about faith, responsibility, growing up, dignity, disappointment, comfort, hope and renewal.
Echoes of Everett's Virginia youth are heard during a fever-dreamed summer night's picnic inside the Civil War-era graveyard near his family's house ("In the Yard, Behind the Church), while the engineer of a dying travel industry laments the long gone Washington & Old Dominion Railroad that once ran nearby ("Railroad Man").

Finally completed in 2004, Blinking Lights and Other Revelations rides a wide aural spectrum of sometimes disparate, ghostly sounds--from the saxophone sextet gospel of "Son Of A Bitch," to the surf-rock operatic wail of "Old Shit/New Shit." There's the apocalyptic fire and brimstone of "The Other Shoe," and then there's the Jackie Wilson-in-cyberspace existential celebration of "Hey Man (Now You're Really Living)." The album is full of unusual instrumentation and some notable guest stars. One song ("Last Time We Spoke") features Everett's hound dog, Bobby, Jr., howling a lonesome solo. A few songs later, Eels-fan-turned-collaborator Tom Waits cries a solo--literally--("Going Fetal"). Later, R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck (making his second appearance on an Eels album) plays dobro, guitar and bass (the Buck co-written "To Lick Your Boots"), and on an album that prominently features the autoharp on several songs, it's exciting to know that the king of rock & roll autoharp, The Lovin' Spoonful's John Sebastian, makes a rare appearance, playing autoharp on one track ("Dusk: A Peach In The Orchard," co-written by Sebastian).

Disc 1

Theme From Blinking Lights
From Which I Came/ A Magic World
Son Of A Bitch
Blinking Lights (For Me)
Trouble With Dreams
Marie Floating Over The Backyard
Suicide Life
InThe Yard, Behind The Church
Railroad Man
The Other Shoe
Last Time We Spoke
Mother Mary
Going Fetal
Understanding Salesmen
Theme For A Pretty Girl That Makes You Believe God Exists
Checkout Blues
Blinking Lights (For You)
Disc 2

Dust Of Ages
Old Shit/ New Shit
Bride Of Theme From Blinking Lights
Hey Man (Now You're Really Living)
I'm Going To Stop Pretending That I Didn't Break Your Heart
To Lick Your Boots
If You See Natalie
Sweet Li'l Thing
Dusk: A Peach In The Orchard
Whatever Happened To Soy Bomb
Ugly Love
God's Silence
Losing Streak
Last Days Of My Bitter Heart
The Stars Shine In The Sky Tonight
Things The Grandchildren Should Know
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Good deal, Great band...

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Good deal, Great band...


......and great CD.
I remember buying this album when it first came out after seeing a review on a monthly Sunday Times CD/DVD that they used to do. When I first listened to it the first thing I did was play it again and was simple amazing.

There is a full range of music and emotion within both of the discs that really drew me in. I bought the back catalogue albums and thoroughly enjoyed them all and can highly recommend them all even more so at around £3 for each album on and and no doubt others...

I also went to see the last tour at Sheffield City Hall where the warmup act wasn't a warm up act but a film about E tracing the story of his father peppered with an Eels soundtrack. A great night!

I would also recommend E's autobiography, although it is extremely sad in many places is perhaps the best autobiography I've ever read. In a strange way it makes you glad to be alive.

All from one brief recommendation a few years back...anyway Eels are now one of my favourite bands, playing frequently on iTunes. If you've never listened to an Eels track give them a listen, you won't be disappointed and I can very highly recommend this album as an excellent hot deal!
Voted Hot!
big fan of this album but it's been this price for a while now
big fan of this album but it's been this price for a while now

hey souljacker, or any other eels fans - what you think of the new eels album hombre lobos?

Have to admit to being a bit underwhelmed myself - maybe its a grower
thanks Andy, voted hot
Hot from me. Although, I am finding myself worrying that you and I have might have the exact same record collections, Mr. Wedge.
hey souljacker, or any other eels fans - what you think of the new eels album hombre lobos?

Have to admit to being a bit underwhelmed myself - maybe its a grower

Yeah i thought the same myelf but after a few listens i love it, still not as good as some of the earlier stuff and blinking lights, but good all the same
This album is now £4.98 on Amazon - but of course does not now qualify for free delivery - but worth taking note of if you are buying anything else from there.

This is the only Eels album I need to complete my collection - so pleased it has come down in price
hey souljacker, or any other eels fans - what you think of the new eels album hombre lobos?

Have to admit to being a bit underwhelmed myself - maybe its a grower

I think if you're in the right mood for it it's excellent, but it's not a listen again and again album whenever - it quickly saw less listening time when Jason Lytle's album come out.

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